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Vice President, Global Powder and Business Development / Strategy, Industrial Coatings
Mr. Rao is Vice President, Global Powder and Business Development / Strategy, Industrial Coatings. Mr. Rao is responsible for Axalta's Powder Coating business globally and also leads business development and strategy for Industrial Coatings. He has extensive industry and consulting background in the chemical sector. Before joining Axalta, Mr. Rao worked at Halliburton Company where he was Senior Director for Strategy and Marketing for its Drilling and Evaluation business. Prior to that role, Mr. Rao spent several years with McKinsey and Company where he served clients primarily in the Chemicals and related industries. He began his career in Research and Development at AkzoNobel. Mr. Rao holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Anna University, a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from New York University.